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Cycling in Colombia is one of the most incredible ways to see this phenomenal South American country. With the second-highest level of biodiversity in the world, riding here gets you right into the heart of Colombia’s species-rich forests, mountainscapes and coastal regions. From brightly coloured tropical birds to trees bearing fruit you’ve never heard of, this is one of the planet’s most magnificent places to ride. 

From rainforest rides and switchback mountain climbs to grassland panoramas and pedalling above the Caribbean Sea, the variety of cycle routes in Colombia is astounding. Everywhere you ride you’ll find friendly villages, delicious street food outlets and a cool spot to rest. You’ll also find cyclists. Colombia is a cycling-crazy nation with a huge number of pro riders and getting around by bike is a popular activity. You’ll be well-taken care of wherever your two wheels take you and you’ll always find someone with a spare if you run out.


Top 20 cycling routes in Colombia

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    Difficult
    01:53
    16.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    02:56
    26.2 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:40
    32.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    3,125 ft
    3,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    02:27
    18.2 mi
    7.4 mph
    2,475 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    02:30
    23.1 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Difficult
    03:58
    32.8 mi
    8.3 mph
    3,975 ft
    3,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Difficult
    03:29
    29.9 mi
    8.6 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    06:41
    58.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    5,625 ft
    5,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:18
    52.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:20
    29.0 mi
    8.7 mph
    3,075 ft
    3,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Difficult
    03:56
    38.1 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Difficult
    03:59
    36.1 mi
    9.0 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:50
    32.9 mi
    8.6 mph
    3,750 ft
    3,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:46
    16.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Difficult
    03:58
    35.8 mi
    9.0 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Difficult
    05:35
    53.2 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:10
    30.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    06:49
    67.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:46
    49.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    20
    Difficult
    04:16
    33.3 mi
    7.8 mph
    3,950 ft
    3,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Landscapes built for cycling

Cycling in Colombia is so popular purely because if you were going to build a country perfect for cyclists, you’d build Colombia. This is one of the reasons why the locals love cycling so much and why the country has consistently produced world-renowned pro riders. In fact, the Tour of Colombia is a WorldTour race. 

Whether you’re based in a thriving city like Medellín or Bogotá and want to get out into the stunning countryside for a day ride or if you’re up for the full-on adventure cycle routes that Colombia has in swathes, it’s the incredible landscape that will draw you onwards. High on the Bogotá savanna, you’ll find endless horizons and gravel and asphalt roads that can carry you hundreds of miles. Pedal from village to village, sampling the street food and drinking buckets of the fantastic local coffee. 

Off the savanna, you can head out on bike rides through Colombia’s exquisite tropical rainforest where you’ll whizz past leaves the size of your wheels and listen to the calls of unseen birds in the canopy. Throw in grasslands, rolling farmland and mountainous terrain and there’s something for every type of cyclist. 

Practicalities of cycling in Colombia

For the most part, Colombia is a relatively safe place to ride and drivers are very used to cyclists being out on the road. Touring and gravel bikes are great companions in the country thanks to the vast number of gravel roads away from major settlements. If you’re based in a city, then a road bike will give you just as much fun. 

In Colombia, you drive (and cycle) on the right side of the road. Street food is excellent and plentiful, and you’re never far from a stand unless you’re somewhere particularly remote. Accommodation is very affordable and usually easy to find even in small towns.

There are no defined seasons in Colombia thanks to its tropical latitude but you’ll experience very different conditions and temperatures depending on where you are in the country. The higher you go, the colder and drier the air will be, with a larger temperature difference between night and day. In the rainforest, it can be very humid. No matter where you ride, take enough water and food supplies.


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